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July 23, 2017  

Episode #5: The Man Who Knew Too Much

July 23, 2017

In episode #5 we discuss one of Alfred Hitchcock's first major films: The Man Who Knew Too Much. On vacation in Switzerland, Bob and Jill Lawrence get caught up in a secretive world of spies and assassins. With time running out, they must follow a cold trail to save their daughter and prevent a world war. Starring Leslie Banks, Edna Best and Peter Lorre.


The Man Who Knew Too Much - Criterion Collection

Alfred Hitchcock

Gaumont-British Picture Corporation

The 39 Steps

The Lady Vanishes

The character’s name is Bob Lawrence, not Bill

Peter Lorre

Foley Effects

The Free Irish State

Chekhov’s Gun (not to be confused with Pavel Chekhov)

The Jazz Singer (first film with sound, a talkie)

Gallows Humor

National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration commercial

Glasses without earpieces are known as Pince-nez glasses


M (criterion collection)

Hey Abbott

Remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much (starring Jimmy Stewart)

Star Wars

THX 1138 starring Robert Duvall

Wipe Transition intentionally used in Star Wars and Raiders of The Lost Ark

Royal Albert Hall

Leverage (S03E04) - The Scheherazade Job

Scheherazade by Korsakov

Rear Window and Psycho are not Criterion Collection

Classic Hitchcock Criterion box set: The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Lady Vanishes, The 39 Steps, and Foreign Correspondent

The Woody Allen movie Shadows and Fog (starring John Cusack)

Also stars the Julie Kavner who does Marge Simpson’s voice (and who is Not in Sleepless in Seattle)